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Your voice needed: Santa Cruz Supervisors Debate Camping Ordinance

Santa Cruz County is considering adopting a local ordinance for Low-Impact Camping Areas (LICA), following a proposed law from the California State Assembly (SB 620) that aims to ease restrictions on such camping areas. The Board of Supervisors (BOS) will discuss this at its meeting on June 25. Key points of the proposed local LICA ordinance include: The Santa Cruz…

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PG&E at the CA Board of Forestry: Why It Matters

In 2022, during the legislative session’s last day, SB 396 failed to advance in the California State Legislature. PG&E had pushed heavily in favor of the bill, which would have greatly increased utilities’ permissions to access and cut trees on private property without requiring notice or offering any independent review for damages and remediations to property owners.  The California Board…

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PG&E’s Enhanced Powerline Safety Settings are Extremely Hazardous

The only way for PG&E to prevent wildfires is to turn off the power. Enhanced Vegetation Management failed (costing billions and destroying over a million trees since 2018), only reducing ignitions by 7%. PG&E also instituted the Public Safety Power Shutoffs in 2018 that, after the first disastrous experience, were preceded by a warning to the impacted customers. To avoid PSPS, PG&E has turned…

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The Truth about PG&E’s Role in the Dixie Fire

The Dixie Fire was the largest (non-complex) fire in California and the second largest in US history. Suppression alone cost over 650 million dollars. A person convicted of the felony of causing a fire must go to prison and pay a fine. Here is the CAL FIRE report detailing PG&E’s complete failure to remove the tree and respond to the…

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